"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
Michigan Basketball Commitment today?
He just visited this weekend.
I was hoping in my dream world that it was Amir Williams getting things started for next years class.
My guess is Christian. Too many odd vibes from the Sykes camp after he received his offer. He was hyped about the possibility, and as soon as he got it has all sorts of questions and reservations about the program ( At least based on what Sam has been saying) It was almost like he was hoping a UM offer would springboard his recruitment.
I guess either way, I was hoping it could get banked for next year to go after a wing with more upside, and a big man, or two big men depending on how our current big men pan out this year.
Must be Colton Christian. Just did a Google seach for "Colton Christian" under Blogs and the first item is from UMHoops and says: "Tulane decommitment Colton Christian committed to Michigan last night after making an official visit to Ann Arbor over the weekend."
The link doesn't work, so maybe it was posted prematurely in error.
That's some solid google stalking there. Nice work.
And yeah he probably pulled it to wait for a more official announcement from the kid
That Google Stalking 101 class I took at the local community college is really paying off.
What's funny is that it looks like Dylan posted this on his site (UMHOOPS) and then took it down. I wonder if it is one of those stories that those darn bloggers break before they are supposed to...???
Good news if it's CC, still really hoping we can pull Amir though
Does anyone else find it hard to get excited about a player who had offers from Tulane and Sacred Heart?
I wouldn't exactly say I'm excited, but he's fairly big and I've seen reviews saying his body and game are close to being college ready, so it's hard to complain about that.
Shawn Conway not having any offers and this kid. This is well after signing day and Colton Christian has had TONS of time to get offers. Shawn Conway committed extremely early on in the process without even having finished his junior year of high school. The lack of scholarships for Conway is explainable for being talented. The lack of scholarships for Christian can only be explained by lack of talent or every coach that has received video on him somehow completely misjudging his talent, leaving Beilein as the only coach that somehow sees what no one else could.
With our hoops system, I think it's less about what other schools are recruiting the kid, and how he fits the system.
He's a 6-7 forward who is long and can hopefully cause havok in the 1-3-1. He also has impressive rebounding numbers. He also spent a year in prep school, so he's one year older than your typical incoming freshman. Hopefully that translates to an ability to step in and contribute some minutes right away. Something we desperately need this season.
and he couldn't get 1 minute of floor time on a team starving for big men. So I will employ my usual skepticism for unheralded recruits with zero major offers in the hopes of being pleasantly surprised down the road. If it were me I would have banked the scholarship in the hoops of better things in 2011, but what do I know?
a definite redshirt long before the season started. He is way too skinny to be able to play the 4 position. Next season, he'll probably start or come off the bench at the 4 position.
Jordan Morgan is probably more ready to play right away because of his bulk, but his injury has robbed him from playing in his freshman year(probably for the best IMO).
Michigan will have Morgan, McLimans, Smotrycz and Horford. Horford is likely a redshirt due to his bulk. Novak will have to play the 4 sometimes to help out the front court depth, and I can see Novak move to the 3 occassionaly.
Due to Christian being 6-7 and McLimans being 6-11 or whatever, it does not follow that Christian will struggle as McLimans did. Often, bigs struggle to grow into their bodies, while the two and three types don't have nearly as much of a problem.
Kids who are "bigs" in HS often score solely on the "merit" of their size; those closer to the Bell Curve have to work a lot harder for their points, and have a tendency to be much closer to "finished products" when they get to college.
At any rate, I am willing to trust JB to get the right people to fit his system. Whoever it is, my operative phrase will be, "welcome aboard."
means that Conway will follow the same path at UM.
My only point was that the same arguments for why McLimans might outperform his lackluster ratings and play right away (i.e. good system fit, played a year or prep school, long player, etc.) were all invalidated when he actually got to campus so I will take the same arguments about Conway with a grain of salt. Sure the kid could surprise and play early and often but his low rating and scant interest from other programs suggests not.
Are you getting Conway mixed up with Christian or are you mixing sports on me? It's tough to decipher.
for some reason I can't edit it now. I'm all hopped up on cough syrup this morning so typey no worky good
Once I was sick and on Day-Quil-or a generic, or something close to it- and I e-mailed a reply to a gal pal of mine- who is a bit on the trashy side and writes like it- but I sent it to the wrong girl. In the immortal words of Brady Quinn, 'F&%* me!'. That sucked; things between girl 2 and I haven't been the same since.
McLimans weighed 205 pounds when he came in. Beilein rightly concluded that it would have been a waste of a year's eligibility to play him this year, so he redshirted him. Apparently McLimans now weighs over 230. The redshirt year appears to have served him well.
is wayyyy too skinny for a 6'11" basketball player even as 3 point shooter. 230 is acceptable, but still needs to bulk up a bit more to 240 lbs IMO.
Word is he's "over 230." We don't know exactly how much over, but he's got a few more months.
I hope he is a diamond in the rough and John B can polish him up baby..... but yeah Tulane Sacred Heart after a year of Prep School. I have also read he has offers from Penn St. and Cal but we will see
I get excited whenever I hear Tulane's name mentioned in the sporting world, even if it be for a decommit, after all if you're a decommit you had to commit in the first place, and for Tulane to land any kind of commit, well, wow.
Cal and Penn St., FWIW
EDIT- ZRL beat me to it. maibad
I guess he signed with Tulane and must of backed out due to a coaching change or something. Here is a link with his stats. The story is from Nov. 17th so maybe many schools backed off after he signed. Got to love his former HS nickname.
Colton Christian, a 6-foot-7 former Bellevue Wolverines basketball player, has signed with Tulane University as part of its class of 2010-2011.
Christian, who averaged 16.2 points and 10.4 rebounds last season, helped Bellevue to a 26-3 record and a third place finish in Class 3A.
That's actually the same high school as Steve Schilling. Coincidence? I think not.
Colten Christian is close enough to Cullen Christian that I'm sold on this kid. That's the kind of logic only a Michigan education can buy...
Just doesn't sound right on a mgoblog shirt.
Assuming it's Christian, does that do it for this class and Beilein pulls Sykes's offer?
I have to think that's the case because otherwise Beilein is left without any scholarships for 2011 (other than the one going to Brundidge).
Happy to get a PF, but the Sykes recruitment will continue to baffle me.
but Scout's profile of Christian shows him as signed his LOI with UM
The last time John Beilein took a player out of Hargrave he turned out pretty good. Joe Alexander signed with Beilein at West Virginia. This time around it'll be Colton Christian.
that will open up Beilein's offense. He can rebound and he's tall, not a bad ball-handler. He's had an extra year to add muscle. Solid add.
The fact that he committed so early to Tulane made other teams back off him and the recruiting sites ignore him, hence the lack of offers/ratings. Beilein is good friends with the Hargrave coach, so I bet he told Beilein that this kid is a sleeper.
does this mean we don't have room for sykes?
unless you don't want to have any more scholarships for next year.
JB can still take Sykes, but then 2011 recruiting would be finished unless JB decides not to renew LLP's 5th year.
Otherwise, JB is likely to bank the last schollie for '11 kid, most likely a big.
We seem to be in on some extremely talent bigs next year (Amir, Plumlee). While I know there is no guarantee they end up at Michigan I would have rather taken that chance. That said, welcome Mr. Christian I hope you succeed on the court for the Maize and Blue.
Sam Webb has been saying lately that he would have pulled the offer to Sykes because he thought that he was using the M offer as leverage towards other programs. His safety net is now gone. I guess being the first offer from a local school that could offer immediate playing time wasn't good enough for Mr. Sykes.
Well, realistically we weren't probably going to get both of those guys. Now we just tell Plumlee and Amir that whoever commits first gets it.
It has some free video but not much.
I wasn't too excited to wake up and hear this news. But I went to umhoops.com and viewed the video that Dylan posted, and well...Christian looks to be a serviceable big man. We could have really used him last year.
Will he be a replacement to DeShawn (approximately the same size)? No. But he looks plenty athletic. I would have preferred a star player over a role player, but let's face it, we need size. Now we've got 5 new guys over 6'7 (incoming or redshirted).
Yeah, at least we have a handful of bigs for the next few years. It would be nice to have a little more talent with that size, but size is size, I guess.
The scholarship breakdown is pretty terrifying for next year. 3 juniors 2 sophomores and 6(!) freshman. Let's pray that a couple of the freshman are the real deal or it might be a long season. That being said, I have faith.
You might be right about next season, but looking forward, I am pretty excited. We have lots of size, and to think our entire roster will return for the '11/'12 season is prety cool. I am definitely thinking Beilein knows what he is doing and there is going to be a decent amount of success with this group since they will be together for so long. As was posted in a story last week, coaches are scouting players as young as 13 or 14, so you have to think Beilein has his targets lined up for the next several years and is willing to forgo a few opportunities next year.
Yes, but remember 2 of the freshman are actually RS freshman who could both come in and play, one of the freshman is probably ready to step in and play (Metrics) and Christian is the age of the RS frosh because of his year of prep school. So that group isn't so bad. Hardaway won't be asked to do much right away and Horford will RS.
As for the other 5, all have significant playing time, and all but Vogrich have started a number of games. As long as the young bigs can catch on and contribute early, we should be looking good. And then next year, oh boy (I feel like I've been saying this too much lately).